If you’re relocating and need to pack your home, one of the questions you might be asking is:  

How do I pack my garage for moving? If your garage is used for its intended purpose, to house your vehicles, then it may be a simple process. However, if like a large percentage of Americans, your garage has become a space for storage, being organized is the first key to packing up your garage 

Where to start packing when you are moving? How do you move power tools? And, How do you move a tool chest?  

 Once you begin packing the garage, the first step is to go through everything in the garage and decide what to get rid of. You can donate, give to friends, or hold a garage sale. Often heavy equipment and tools are kept in the garage, therefore it’s extremely important to observe safety when packing a garage. This will include correctly draining oil or gas from tools or equipment. Moving companies are not permitted to move items with flammable materials. Power tools should be packed in their original casing before being placed in a moving box. If you don’t have the original casing, make sure any sharp objects are covered and wrapped securely. Tool chests are heavy, and if tools are kept inside during the move, it will be heavier. Whether you remove or keep the tools in the chest, make sure to have help moving the chest and follow proper lifting techniques.  

Crossing Country With Bicycle

Whatever type of bicycle you have, whether it’s a beach cruiser, road bike, mountain bike, or any other type of bike, if you have decided to move it across the country, it’s important to know how do you pack a bike for moving, and ensure that it is well protected.

What is the best way to ship a bicycle?

The best way to ship a bicycle for a cross country move is in a specialty box that is designed for transporting bicycles. They typically come in three different sizes, 45”, 55” and 70”. Each box size allows for the bike to be packed in a different configuration. If you have never packed a bicycle before, having it professionally packed and secured is recommended. Whether you box the bike yourself or hire a professional, knowing how to pack correctly is vital to prevent any potential damage occurring to your bicycle during transit.

Bicycle on the side of the road

Can you ship a bike without taking it apart?

Yes, a bicycle can be shipped and moved without it having to be taken apart. With the 70” box the bike can be placed inside with both of the wheels still connected to the frame. Using this larger size box works if you’re hiring a moving company to transport your belongings, or will be renting a moving truck. If you’re considering to ship your bike using Fed-Ex or USPS, you will need to use one of the smaller boxes. Both the 45” and 55” box require that the bike be taken apart.

Before Moving

For a local move, pretty much all the food you have can be moved. However, for a long distance move, you’ll need to go through your food items to see what can and cannot be moved. “Can you move a refrigerator with food in it?” No! You cannot move any perishable food items long distance, perishable foods include: meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and any other food that spoils, or decays easily, such as fruit and vegetables.

Ahead of moving day, go through kitchen cupboards the fridge and freezer, to see what there is. Don’t forget the garage if you house extra food and possibly have a second freezer. Anything that cannot be moved can be used by you and your family before moving day, given to friends, or donated. This way nothing goes to waste. If there are lots of half used bottles or packets, consider leaving them behind, lightening your load and buying new once you arrive at your new home.

How do you pack food when moving? And Do movers pack food?

food cans on the shelf
Prior to being boxed, any items already open must be sealed securely with tape. Pack spices together in a small box before being placed in a moving box. If you have hired packing services in addition to having your belongings transported, then yes, movers will pack your food. It’s important before the movers arrive, any food not being moved has been removed from the kitchen.

Moving To A Different Climate 

 The United States has more than three different climates throughout the country. This is due to its vast size, changes in latitude and different geographic landscapes. It’s a country with mountain, desert and coastal climates. What state has the best climate?  California comes top of the list for good weather year round.  

 If the new climate you’ll be moving to is extremely different than what you’re used to, being prepared is important. It could mean ensuring your new home has air conditioning, a heater, or making sure you have the right clothing. Moving to New York City, or upstate NY in the winter you’re going to need some very warm protective clothing. If you’re heading to California, people are still wearing flip flops in December. Spend time researching! Its also a good idea to know how long does it take for your body to adjust to a new climate, typically a healthy person will adjust within two weeks. If you’re moving to a hotter climate, it can take less time; whereas moving to a colder climate can take a longer period of time to acclimate.

 

California desert

Is it healthier to live in a warm or cold climate?

Moving to a different climate can have very beneficial effects on ones health, whether it’s to a warmer or colder climate will depend on the individual. Warmer climates however, are especially helpful when it comes to ones emotional and psychological wellbeing.

No one wants pests in their home so, how can we keep our house free from pests? Well, truth is, there are four common insects that can often infest our homes: cockroaches, bedbugs, fleas and gypsy moth. When you begin packing up to move, take some steps to prevent these pests from making the move with you to your new home.

How do you prevent bugs from moving?

If you see insects during your sorting and packing process, first thing is to find out which insects they are and begin the process of exterminating them before you start wrapping, packing and boxing your belongings. Depending on which species they are, and which area of the home they are infesting, will determine the best action. Common places pests might be infesting include: electronics, clothing, bedding, linens, mattresses, houseplants, and some outdoor items. There is also the possibility that recycled moving boxes could be a hub for pest infestations. So, if your planning for a greener relocation, make sure to thoroughly check any pre used boxes.

People sometimes ask, “do roaches hide in mattresses?” this is very uncommon. It is bedbugs that are found on mattresses and in the seams, sometimes inside the mattress. Protecting your mattress in a large plastic covering, specifically designed for mattresses will protect against bedbugs when moving. For any extra help, call in the exterminators.